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Project & Resource Management Solutions

I'm evaluating different Project Management and Resource Planning add-ons to Jira and was wondering if there are any consulting services available to try to streamline the process. We are a Hybrid shop where we still have projects that require project Gantt charts for our senior management and yearly resource planning at the project level. We use Initiatives to represent Projects, Epics for Features, and Stories with Sub-task to deliver. Jira projects are used to represent each of our Products and an Initiative could span multiple Products/Jira projects. Not all Stories and sub-tasks are created at the start of the project, so we need a solution that is flexible enough to allow us to to plan resources at the Initiative when the project starts and can allow us to adjust allocation to the Story/sub-task as the project unfolds. The resource planning should be able to use FTE or Hours. It would be great if the resource plan could over lay with the project Gantt chart. Finally, it needs to be able to support views at the organization, project, and team levels.

I've evaluated Tempo Planner and Big Picture, but feel both fall short. Any suggestions on tools or consulting services to meet our requirements?

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Hi @Mike Marshall 

Taking into consideration your requirements it seems like our add-on could fits your request. 

ActivityTimeline provides a list of features for capacity planning where you can schedule a large amount of workload for the whole team:

  • Capacity planning: managers/team members can view important information pertaining to their available capacity and workload on the multi-functional indicator. It clearly is shown as a color-coded advance to help individuals' productivity.
    The workload and availability indicator will give you a clear vision of the available capacity of each Jira resource. Vacation/day-off, bookings, and placeholders are also available in the add-on.
  • The additional modules provide numerous reports including timesheets reports. 
  • People management: ActivityTimeline allows create teams (including team leaders, dedicated projects) with users' skills, positions, and user knowledge levels. You can create a dynamic team based on employees' skills (for a temporary project for example).
  • Cross-teams view: plugin delivers wide visualization in order for you to comprehend how to manage your teams more effectively.
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  • Planning and org structure view: you can select multiple teams and schedule the tasks between users-teams in one timeline view.

If you have any additional requirements please feel free to ask me. We can provide a demo session for you and your team if needed.
Best, Nataliya, ActivityTimeline Team

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Anna-BigPicture Marketplace Partner Apr 19, 2022

Hi @Mike Marshall

I am glad to hear you gave BigPicture a try. Could you please provide more detailed information on the app's missing functionalities? 
The tool supports project management at all management levels and gives you great flexibility in organizing your Initiatives. Our Product Implementation Consultants are ready to help you adjust a configuration to fit your organization's needs. Please find a link to our Calendly to schedule a session.
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G subramanyam Community Leader Apr 15, 2022

Hi @Mike Marshall welcome to the Atlassian community.

The best place to check for the list of consultants that match your requirements are in this Atlassian Team 2022 link

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